Studies Link Animal Abuse With Domestic Violence

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Editor:

Thank you for the very insightful editorial, "Cat killings not childhood antics; must be taken seriously," in your Nov. 28 edition.

I have been an advocate for abused individuals for 14 years in shelter settings, and I've repeatedly heard reports from victims/survivors of domestic violence that their pets were hurt or killed by an abusive partner. Research pieces conclude the same: There is a definite correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence.

Interestingly, and because of this link, the State of Maine recently enacted legislation allowing animals to be included in domestic violence protective orders. The law is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Again, thank you for bringing this important matter to our community's attention. A key in stopping domestic violence is in the education of our children. We must teach them that such violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Gerry Bailey, Executive Director, Time Out Domestic Violence Shelter

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